Former IFA President Remembered As Passionate Advocate For Farming

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Durrow's Padraig Walshe passed away yesterday.

The former President of the Irish Farmers Association is being remembered as a passionate advocate for the development of the farming sector.

Durrow's Padraig Walshe passed away suddenly yesterday.

He was the 12th President of the IFA, taking over the role in 2006, and was also the first Irish leader of the COPA group.

Current IFA President, Toomevara's Tim Cullinan says Mr. Walshe was fearless in his defence of farmers, and leaves behind a strong legacy of leadership.

He says: “This is devastating news for his family. On behalf of the farming community, I want to extend our condolences to his family and friends.

This is a huge loss for them and it’s a very difficult time.”

Tim Cullinan and former IFA Sheep Chairman, Mountmellick's Henry Burns paid tribute to the former president on Midlands Today:

Former Justice Minister and Fine Gael Laois Offaly TD Charlie Flanagan says he was very sorry to hear of the untimely death of Padraig. 

He described him as a fearless campaigner in support of farm families & rural Ireland all his life. 


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